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Lawlessness at Sea: Journalism done right

If you read anything today, make it this series of exceptional stories from New York Times on lawlessness on the high seas. Most of it actually occurs in connection with illegal fishery, which is an incredibly lucrative business.

You can access the whole package through the splash page here or individual pieces:

Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

Murder at Sea: Captured on Video, but Killers Go Free

“Sea Slaves”: The Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock – on slave labour of the world’s fishing industry.

A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes

All of this is followed by a piece on possible solutions, an interview with a photographer covering one of the stories, and an editorial.

This was so good that I wanted to read all of it and have actually paid digital subscription once I hit the monthly limit of free stories. I suspected all along that if you want people to pay for your digital subscriptions you have to provide unparalleled content and New York Times provided an amazing content. There is a lesson here for Canadian newspapers if there are any real ones left out there.

Middle Cove Beach last year. Perfectly legal caplin rolling.

Shades of blue


Spent the morning in Middle Cove for a work related project.


A fisherman

It looks like I might be going to Fogo Islands in February and to Change Islands in March. Hopefully, this is going to be a chance to make some photographs.

In the meantime, check out Joachim Ladefoget’s work on Newfoundland cod fishery as published in iPad-only magazine Once Magazine.

The photo was made last March in Joe Batt’s Arm on Fogo Island.

Croatian word of the day: ribar fisherman

Cape Spear, The Story Breaks, James Nachtwey

Cape Spear. I am sorry for the lack of updates. It’s not for the lack of material, but rather lack of time. We are still settling in and things are pretty chaotic.

I had a long debate with myself whether or not to actually promote the “The Story Breaks” event. I deslike the marketing aspect of it, but I have enormous respect for Mr. Nachtwey and his undeniable skill as a photojournalist. The similar debate is going on at the Lightstalkers forum. At the end, I came to a conclusion that it would be naïve to believe that photojournalism can somehow rise above a marketing gimmick in this age of crassness. I am excited to see what Mr. Nachtwey is going to reveal tomorrow.

Croatian word of the day: integritet integrity


[Old Blog] Entry 95

Here is the first of my boat trip shots. It’s really an exaggeration to call it a trip. I started working on a photo essay on the ambivalent relationship between Saint Johners and the surrounding waters. One of the first things that people here will tell you is that they live “right on the water.” They are very proud of shipbuilding, fishing and port heritage and deservedly so. This is, however, a place where you can find some of the most polluted waters in Canada.

Saint John is an industrial city with an oil refinery, pulp mills, power generation plants, large port… you name it and it’s here.

However, the most pressing problem, as far as city’s waters go, are the Saint Johners themselves. More than half of city’s wastewater is poured into the harbour untreated. There are places where you can see toilet paper, condoms and various hygienic products floating in the brown mush in what amounts to open sewers. Just to illustrate my point: a sample of 100ml of water that contains 200 fecal bacteria is considered unsafe for human contact. This summer, 100 ml of Marsh Creek (right behind my office) contained 7.8 million fecal bacteria. So, yes, it’s bad and it’s going to get worse if something is not done.

Local environmental agencies such as Atlantic Coastal Action Plan and University of New Brunswick in Saint John are monitoring and researching waters from around the city to determine the best plan of action.

This is a photo of Dr. Methven from the UNBSJ who, with the help from local fishermen, is trying to find out what kind of fish species live in the harbour and their migratory patters.